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Session 33: Steadying Yourself for the Holidays

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

The holidays are upon us and this likely means different things for all of us. Some of us have positive associations with the holiday season and some of our associations are not so positive. In today’s episode I discussed the Holiday Blues, factors that contribute to it, and how Holiday Blues is different from Major Depression. I also shared 6 tips to help you steady yourself for the holiday season.

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Resources

Beat the Holiday Blues– UC Davis Health

 

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Session 32: On the Porch with Dr. Joy

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In today’s episode I answer a couple of questions sent in by listeners. Topics discussed include growing up without a dad, having a partner who might be immature, and getting what you need in a relationship.

If you have a question or a situation you’d like some feedback about, send it to podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

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Session 31: Managing Grief

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode features Dr. Ajita Robinson, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Robinson and I chatted about how therapy can be helpful in working through grief, how we can have grief reactions to lots of different changes in our lives, and why the stages of grief you may have learned about may not be the best way to help you conceptualize grief.

Resources Mentioned

The Gifts of Grief (Tappouni)

Out of the darkness (Amato)

The Four Tasks of Mourning (Worden)

 

Where to Find Dr. Robinson

fit-counseling.com

Facebook: @Friendsintransition

Twitter: @FIT_Counseling

 

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Session 30: Red Flags in Relationships

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

Every October we observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of this, today’s episode focuses on red flags that may present themselves in new relationships that we should be paying attention to that may alert us that someone may be abusive. I also discussed the 6 different types of abuse that perpetrators engage in and provide feedback to a listener struggling with a possessive ex.

 

Resources Mentioned

Red Flags to Consider When Beginning a New Relationship

Types of Abuse

A Date with Darkness Podcast

 

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Session 29: Respectability & Sexuality

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode features Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Courtney Watson. Courtney and I discussed how respectability politics impacts Black women’s and femmes’ sexuality, how you can reclaim your sexual freedom, and discussed ways you can find like- minded individuals to affirm your sexuality.

Resources Mentioned

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down (Walker)

Black People Kink Podcast

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists aasect.org

 

Where to Find Courtney

doorwaytherapeutics.com

Facebook: @doorwaytherapeutics

Instagram: @doorwaytherapeutics

Pinterest: @doorwaytherapy

To receive Courtney’s 21 Days of Affirmations to Boost Your Sexual Self Confidence, text “Sexual Confidence” to 44222

 

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Session 28: Do You Believe in Sisterhood?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode features Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marline Francois Madden. Marline and I chatted about the myth that Black women can’t get along, how to combat feelings of jealousy and avoid falling into the comparison trap, and what sisterhood looks like in practice.

 

Resources Mentioned

Girls Trip

Set it Off

Waiting to Exhale

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Maxwell)

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (Maxwell)

The 5 Levels of Leadership (Maxwell)

How Great Women Lead (St. John)

Black Girl Bosses Podcast

 

Where to Find Marline

marlinefrancois.com

Pre-order Marline’s Therapist Planner

Find out about Marline’s next Therapist Mixer at thetherapistmixer.com

 

Twitter: @marlinefrancois

Facebook: @farmoreprecious

Instagram: @marlinefrancois

 

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Session 27: Mental Health & Terrorism

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

This week we witnessed yet another senseless and horrific terrorist attack in our country in Las Vegas. These violent occurrences happen way too often and absolutely have an impact on our mental health. In this episode, I share ways to manage your emotions in the wake of Las Vegas.

 

Resources Mentioned

Crisis Stabiliazation Sessions for Children in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Call for Trauma Therapists

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

 

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Session 26: Five Myths About Suicide

The Therapy for Black GirlsTM Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Month, I discussed the warning signs and risk factors that may help you assess whether a friend is suicidal and also addressed the top 5 myths I hear about suicide.

 

Resources Mentioned

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Why Are So Many Black Kids Dying by Suicide?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741

 

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Session 25: What in the World is EMDR?

The Therapy for Black GirlsTM Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In this week’s episode I chatted with Kelli Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Memphis, TN about EMDR, which is a treatment method designed to help people work through trauma. Kelli and I discussed what EMDR is, how she uses it with her clients, what concerns it is useful for, and how it differs from traditional talk therapy.

Where to Find Kelli

mercimemphis.org

Kelli’s YouTube Channel

 

Resources Mentioned

The Body Keeps the Score

In an Unspoken Voice

EMDR International Association

 

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Session 24: Hella Thoughts

The Therapy for Black GirlsTM Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In this week’s episode I share my thoughts about the Season 2 Finale of HBO’s Insecure. I discuss four different areas covered in the finale that might lead us to reflect and think about our own lives including. I discussed what it meant for Molly to return to therapy, how Molly & Issa’s friendship may offer strategies for our own, the lies we tell ourselves about closure, and how that flash forward sequence was a breathing representation of what I discussed in Session 16 of the podcast.

Resources Mentioned

Two Tools to Stop Shoulding on Yourself

Why It’s Important to Show Black Female Friendships on Television

For Young Black Women Insecure Feels Hella Good Right Now

 

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Session 23: Let’s Talk Teens

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode features Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist & Teen Expert, Jaynay Johnson. Jaynay and I chatted about some of the common struggles Black teenage girls struggle with today, how pop culture and social media influences her work with them, and shares tips and strategies to help you better understand and communicate with the teen in your life.

Resources Mentioned

Dear Teen Self Book

Jaynay’s Handout:

Exploring reasons your teen doesn’t listen & how to end that for good

 

Where to Find Jaynay

teentherapytalk.com

Twitter: @dearteenself_

Facebook: @teentalktherapy

Instagram: @teentalktherapy

 

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Session 22: Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

The Therapy for Black GirlsTM Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In this week’s highly requested episode, I discussed the Imposter Syndrome, 5 different subtypes, and strategies for dealing with it.

Resources

The Imposter Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear that Haunts Your Success

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

The 5 Types of Imposter Syndrome & How to Beat Them

My thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Houston in the middle of this devastating storm. Follow this link to support local agencies in the Houston area.

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Session 21: How Racism Impacts Our Mental Health

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

After the harrowing events in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend and the cumulative amount of racial stress and trauma that has occurred in our community, it felt important to discuss how racism impacts our mental health and ways you can continue to take care of yourself.

Resources

Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color

4 Self-Care Tips for People of Color After Charlottesville

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Session 20: On the Couch with Monica from Love & Basketball

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode is an On the Couch Episode all about Monica from the hit movie Love & Basketball. My special guest therapist is Dr. Kensa Gunter, Licensed Clnical & Sport Psychologist. We discussed the importance of managing emotions in tough situations, handling difficult transitions, and the importance of tending to our mental health before a crisis occurs.

 

Resources Mentioned

The School of Greatness podcast

The Good Life Project podcast

The Four Agreements

Mind Gym

 

Where to Find Dr. Gunter

drkensagunter.com

Twitter: @drkensa

 

 

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Session 19: Sometimes You Gotta Feel the Feels

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

By request, in today’s episode I share information about some of the self-destructive and unhealthy ways we cope when our emotions feel too difficult to deal with. I also share 7 Tools for Managing Overwhelming Emotions by Katie Brooks, LCSW and answer your listener questions.

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Session 18: Healing After A Sexual Assault

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

In today’s session I am joined by guest therapist, Dr. Shena Young, a Body Inclusive Clinical Psychologist, in California. We discussed terminology relevant to sexual assault, misunderstanding about consent, historical implications that shape reporting and treating sexual assaults, and the need for culturally specific and trauma-informed practices.

Where to Find Dr. Young

http://www.embodiedtruthhealing.com

Instagram: @embodiedtruthhealing

 

Resources

The Courage to Heal Book

The Courage to Heal Workbook

 

The Body Keeps the Score 

Overcoming trauma through yoga 

 

RAINN: Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization; website provides information about sexual assault, safety & prevention, what to do after being assaulted, provides resources and operates the national sexual assault hotline. https://www.rainn.org/

 

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE

 

Establishing a relationship with an individual therapist is an encouraged and supported option; if personal resources don’t allow that community agencies/centers often offer free to low fee services to survivors including individual/group counseling, advocacy/accompaniment to appointments/ER, legal consultation depending on the center; survivors can find a directory of centers here https://centers.rainn.org/

 

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Booster Session: Sex with the Ex

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

This is a booster session! Sometimes after a client has finished working with us in therapy, they may schedule periodic sessions to problem solve around a particular issue or to get a little extra reinforcement around a certain topic. We call these booster sessions. I’ll be using our booster sessions to chat with you about things that just can’t wait until the next full episode.

In today’s booster session I’m chatting all about Sex with the Ex and this was inspired by the season premiere of HBO’s Insecure starring the amazing Issa Rae. This episode does contain spoilers so if you haven’t watched it yet, you probably want to wait.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the season premiere and about this booster session. You can find me on Twitter (@therapy4bgirls) and on Facebook & Instagram (@therapyforblackgirls). Make sure to use the hashtag #TBGinSession to join the conversation.

To catch up on previous episodes of the podcast and to get more resources, head on over to therapyforblackgirls.com.

Session 17: Black Girls Get Eating Disorders?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

On today’s episode, I chatted with special guest therapist, Dr. Judi-Lee Webb, a licensed Pscyhologist in Atlanta, GA all about eating disorders. We discussed the misconception that Black women don’t struggle with eating disorders, discussed symptoms of eating disorders, and how you can have a healthier relationship with food.

 

Where to Find Dr. Webb

newdirectionsatlanta.com

 

Resources Mentioned

Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat– Stephanie Covington Armstrong

gurzebooks.com

myedin.org

iaedp.com

 

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Session 16: Still Holding On to Your Ex?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

On today’s episode, I share my musings on [4:44], discuss the top 3 reasons you’re having trouble letting go of your ex, and answer a listener question.

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Session 15: Healthy Relationships Need Effective Communication

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

On today’s episode, I chatted with guest therapist Kiaundra Jackson, LMFT all about healthy relationships. We discussed how we can have healthy relationships even if we’ve never seen that modeled for us, the importance of truly listening to our partners, and the key elements of effective communication.

Resources Mentioned

The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Communication

The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman

The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work by Gottman & Silver

 

Where to find Kiaundra

kwcouplestherapy.com

Facebook

Instagram

 

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If you’re interested in working with Dr. Joy as a therapist, you can find out more about the services offered here:

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3. To schedule a Jump Start Session to map out your road to success for your 1st year of college therapyforblackgirls.com/startstrong

4. To schedule a Breakup Support Session therapyforblackgirls.com/breakups

Session 14: What are Boundaries & Why Do I Need Them?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

You probably often hear people say that we need healthy boundaries, but do you know what that means? In today’s episode we define boundaries, discuss why they are important, and discuss 10 ways that we can build and preserve better boundaries.

 

Resources

10 Ways to Build and Preserve Better Boundaries

Boundaries by Townsend & Cloud

 

If you’re interested in working with Dr. Joy as a therapist, you can find out more about the services offered here:

1. If you’re in Georgia and would like to schedule an individual therapy session therapyforblackgirls.com/schedule

2. If you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to join Dr. Joy’s therapy group therapyforblackgirls.com/shift

3. To schedule a Jump Start Session to map out your road to success for your 1st year of college therapyforblackgirls.com/startstrong

4. To schedule a Breakup Support Session therapyforblackgirls.com/breakups

 

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com.

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 13: Recovering from an Affair

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

In this week’s episode we are joined by Renelle E. Nelson, LMFT, CST to discuss how a couple can recover from an affair. We discussed the 7 types of affairs, the hard work involved in recovering from an affair, and why it’s important to talk about attractions to other people even before an affair happens.

 

Where to Find Renelle

Kaleidoscopeservicesllc.org

Affairaftercare.com

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

Resources Mentioned

infidelityrecoveryinstitute.com

The 7 Types of Affairs

 

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Session 12: On the Couch with Molly from Insecure

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode is an On the Couch Episode all about Molly from HBO’s hit show, Insecure. My special guest therapist is Esther Boykin, LMFT from Group Therapy Associates in Washington, DC. We discussed the reluctance that Black women sometimes have to beginning therapy, dating dilemmas that often drive one’s desire to begin therapy, and how to ask for the difficult feedback you may need to hear to help you truly have an honest assessment of yourself.

 

Resources Mentioned

The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown

Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

55 Gentle Ways to Take Care of Yourself

 

Where to Find Esther

estherboykin.com

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Find more information and resources at therapyforblackgirls.com

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 11: On the Couch with Olivia Pope

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode is an On the Couch Episode all about Olivia Pope from the hit show Scandal. My special guest therapist is Leslie Garcia, LCSW, who has a private practice called Counseling Space in Forest Hills, New York. We discussed the multitude of traumas Olivia has experienced and what it might look like to help her work through trauma. We discussed Olivia’s tendency to cope with red wine, and how her relationship with Fitz is very similar to the relationship she has with her father.

Resources Mentioned

The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown

Mind Over Mood by Drs. Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky

Calm App

Lavender Oil

 

Where to Find Leslie

Leslie’s Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

To sign up for a therapy group in Atlanta, visit therapyforblackgirls.com/shift

The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Find more information and resources at therapyforblackgirls.com

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 10: Showing Up for Yourself

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

We are wrapping up our celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month with an episode that focuses on our relationship with our self. How do you show up in your own life? I discuss self esteem and confidence, how they are damaged, and how they can be improved.

If you are in the Atlanta area and interested in signing up for The Shift Sessions, the therapy groups in my practice, visit therapyforblackgirls.com/shift for more information and to put your name on the list.

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com.

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 9: Parenting without Shame

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in honor of this, all of the podcasts this month will focus on relationships! This week’s episode focuses on the relationships with our children and parenting. Our special guest therapist for this episode is Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a parent coach, speaker, and bestselling author of Shame-Proof Parenting. We discussed her ideas about how shame often impacts the way we parent, how we can change the culture around parenting to be more supportive, and strategies for shame-proofing your relationship with your child.

 

Where to Find Mercedes

Mercedes’ Website shameproofparenting.com

Get the Book! Shame-Proof Parenting

 

Resources Mentioned

Dr. Asadah Kirkland’s Work Beating Black Kids

Dr. Stacey Patton’s Work Spare the Kids

The Conscious Parent– book by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

 

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 8: Getting What You Need in Relationships

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in honor of this, all of the podcasts this month will focus on Relationships! This week’s episode focuses on romantic relationships. I discuss the top 7 reasons why you’re not getting what you need and want in relationships:

1. You’re afraid to ask for it.

2. You’re being passive in the process.

3. You’re too busy listening to others or comparing yourself to others.

4. You’ve convinced yourself you don’t need or want love.

5. You’re not clear about what you need and want.

6. You’re not being flexible.

7. You haven’t healed from past hurts.

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession. You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you have questions or inquiries, email us podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 7: Surviving Mama

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in honor of this, all of the podcasts this month will focus on relationships! This week’s episode focuses on the mother-daughter relationship and some of the factors that lead to it being strained. Our special guest therapist for this episode is Dr. Pamela Thompson, a licensed Psychologist and Life Coach, and the author of Surviving Mama. We discussed some of the cultural pieces that may lead to strained mother-daughter relationships, how to manage these relationships, and when it may be time to put some distance between yourself and mama.

Where to Find Dr. Thompson

Dr. Thompson’s Website

Surviving Mama Website

Dr. Thompson’s Groups

Be on the lookout for her podcast, Intentionally Free

Be on the lookout for her new book, Surviving Church

 

Resources Mentioned

Surviving Mama by Dr. Pamela Thompson

Boundaries by Townsend & Cloud

The Mom Factor by Townsend & Cloud

New Life Ministries

 

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

 

Session 6: Friends, How Many of Us Have Them?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in honor of this, all of the podcasts this month will focus on Relationships! This week’s episode focuses on friendships. The benefits of healthy friendships, how to find new friends, how to recognize an unhealthy friendship, and how to end a toxic friendship.

Resources Mentioned

11 Surprising Things Good Friendships Do For You

Meetup.com

Twitter Chats #citeasista #hermovement #blkcreatives

To find podcasts by hosts of color #podsincolor   podcastsincolor.com

 

For more information and resources, visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com

To join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #TBGinSession.

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

 

Session 5: On the Couch with Joan Carol Clayton

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode is an On the Couch Episode all about Joan Carol Clayton from the syndicated show, Girlfriends. My special guest therapist is Jihan Madyun, LICSW, from The Fulfillment Project in Washington, DC. We discussed the expectations we have for our lives as women and how these can sometimes be unrealistic, the use of art in therapy, showing grace and compassion for ourselves, dealing with FOMO in relationships, and the pressure we have to have our lives look a certain way by the age of 30.

 

Resources Mentioned

Watch Girlfriends episodes here

The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Dr. Brene Brown

Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

tarabrach.com

Relationship Alive podcast

Women In-Depth  podcast

Black Girl in Om podcast

 

Where to Find Jihan

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

The hashtag for the podcast is #tbginsession. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Find more information and resources at therapyforblackgirls.com

If you have questions or inquiries, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 4: Am I Really Depressed?

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

This week’s episode focuses on recognizing the symptoms of depression and exploring reasons why Black women may sometimes have difficulty recognizing these symptoms.

Read about the symptoms of depression here.

Think you might be depressed? Take this quiz!

The hashtag for the podcast is #tbginsession. You can find us on Twitter @therapy4bgirls. You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook. For more information and other valuable resources, make sure to visit the website at therapyforblackgirls.com

Questions or inquiries? Please email podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com

Session 3: On the Couch with Mary Jane Paul

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves. (more…)

Session 2: How to Find a Therapist

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves. (more…)

Session 1: Introduction: Hey Y’all!

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

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